Chris O’Doherty / Reg Mombassa

The National Trust’s S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney had a survey exhibition The Art of Chris O’Doherty aka Reg Mombassa. Musician and artist O’Doherty also works as Reg Mombassa. His art is sold by Watters Gallery where he has had a number of sell-out shows since 1975.

mombassa1Sermon (2005) acrylic, glitters on canvas 90 x 70cm.


Mombassa is known for his funky designs for the Mambo brand, blending humour, music themes and social criticism on religion, the environment and popular culture. His designs gave Mambo overnight cult status, establishing the artist and the label internationally.

mombassa2Commemorative Tumulus (2005) colour pencil, charcoal on paper 50.5 x 71.5cm.

As Chris O’Doherty, the artist has long been a serious exhibitor of landscape, often with suburban themes. His work is well represented in the Art Gallery of New South Wales as well as the National Gallery of Australia and other important collections. The Victorian Tapestry Workshop has also completed a commissioned a work. During endless touring with the band Mental as Anything, O’Doherty used his spare time to make many sketches and develop a style of Australian and New Zealand landscape. (With his brother, Peter, he now has a band called Dog Trumpet. )

This 1998 work, Fire with fleeing houses (charcoal pencil on paper 32x28cm) encaptures the bushfire threat faced every summer.